This past weekend I attended CTI coach training. For three days I was able to experience coaching from an entirely different perspective. This experiential training in a group setting was very powerful. During this weekend I didn’t just meet a new group of people – I met myself! It was amazing to experience the insight and deep intuition of people on a level that made me feel understood, seen, and heard. There were times when I felt like they knew me better than I knew myself – or maybe they were willing to pull out of me what I have spent so many years burying.
During one session, we did an activity where we took turns sitting in the focus seat and others called out what they were seeing in you. It was amazing and encouraging to hear the impressions that people had of me after just 14 hours together. Then, they shifted and identified what they caught glimpses of but really wished would emerge. In the next step, the class began to suggest metaphorical archetypes that captured the part of you that isn’t being fully embraced – who you really are deep inside that needs to be tapped into.